Thursday, November 22, 2012

#196- My Thanksgiving Day

Tonight, when I came home, I took all my clothing off right away and I weighed myself on the scale. I gained 2 pounds from this morning. It’s good number after the Thanksgiving dinner. I am relieved to see this number… I ate slowly, enjoyed conversation and laughed so hard…so the calories of turkey & pie went to somewhere else :)

Thanksgiving dinner was fun at my friend, Suzy (Ms. Suzy Sachs / a producer ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0755194/ )’s house.

Here are some episodes from today.

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Episode #1: Do I need iPhone…?

I always get lost, because I am usually having fun in my car (listening music or singing songs or thinking about food or doing something I like).

Today, I decided to myself… “I am trying to be fashionably late” (as I am the punctually Japanese, I am always somewhere too early)... Last time, I was too early at Suzy’s house… That’s why I was trying to be fashionably late.

Suzy’s house is 25 miles (30 minutes) away from my place. She told me, “Come to my house at 2:00pm”.

Ok… I left my place at 1:15pm (If I get lost, but I am still good… I thought), and I was having fun with 103.5 FM radio (Holiday music always makes me happy).

I was so happy and enjoying music in my car, and when I got off T Blvd., in my mind, “Great! I will be 5 minutes fashionably late!”… and and and… “Where is M Dr.???”…. I was very careful to see the street sign…“Last time, when I was here, I almost missed M Dr. sign… I have to be careful…”, but but but… “Surf shop??? What???”…  “OMG… I am driving toward to Malibu now”…

So, I called Suzy, and she told me, “I let you to talk with my boy (her 29 year old son) for the direction”… her son told me, “I’m gonna send you a direction”… “Ah… I don’t use iPhone, so I am ok, I’m gonna find M Dr.”… I just went back where I came from… I drove 20 minutes to the sign where I supposed to turn right…

I got Suzy’s house at 2:30pm. 30 minutes late… Can I still say, I am fashionably late?

Anyway, my point is… Do I need iPhone?

I just don’t want to feel like I have to work or return email right away if I have iPhone. I just need to feel free spirits, but I have too much free spirits to get lost… I should get iPhone to have…??? Oops, I got lost here…

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Episode #2: Do I need a dictionary to play?

A shirley temple with some appetizers (Cheese, Crackers, Prosciutto, Salami, Apple pie)… I joined their game… TABOO GAME.

16 year old girl (Suzy’s daughter), 27 year old boy (Suzy’s son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s twin son’s friend), 29 year old girl (Suzy’s sister), 29 year old boy (Suzy’s sister’s fiance) and 48 year old girl (Me!)…

At first, I said to them, “Oh… I’m gonna watch you guys”… then…Suzy’s twin son’s friend was so sweet, he told me, “I will help you”… so I played the TABOO GAME with them…

Most of the words, Suzy’s twin son’s friend helped me, but a couple of words, I made it by myself.

“Dove”… I said, “A chocolate brand name”, then someone got it.

“Allergy” … I said, “Someone have trouble with food”, then someone got it.

‘Tuxedo”… I said, “Men’s clothing. Match with a white dress”, then someone got it.

It was fun, and I lost a lot of calories to think about these words…It was a perfect game for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Episode #3: What a wonderful meal!

Smoked turkey (Wow…Speech less… I kept saying, “Hummmmm!!!”)

Regular gravy & Wine gravy

Cranberry sauce (OMG…Suzy did a great job! Soooooooo gooooooood!)

Stuffing (I usually don’t like it, but her stuffing was delicious! Taste like a meatloaf.)

Candies yams (My favorite!!! Soooooooo sweet, Soooooooo good!)

Mashed Potatoes

Brussels sprouts with bacon (Wow…delicious! I asked the name of this dish so many times… Is this correct spelling???)

Pumpkin Pie with whip cream (Very healthy pie!)

Key lime Pie with whip cream (Very delicious pie!)

Homemade Pumpkin beer (Wow…So Thanksgiving beer. Soooooooo tasty!)

 
OMG… the turkey was so amazing! The best turkey I have ever eaten in my life. So soft and moist. Soooooooo delicious!!!

Suzy & Hunington (Suzy’s husband / his blog at http://huningtonsachsbrauerei.blogspot.com/ ) soaked turkey in beer for two days and smoked for 8 hours. Wow!

And again (If you want to know about his homemade beer story, read my old post on Sept 23, 2012 or click at http://yokofujimoto.blogspot.com/2012/09/creative-smart-people-have-creative.html) , Hunington’s homemade beer, Pumpkin beer was soooooooo good!!!

I had a glass of beer, and I couldn’t finish a bottle, so I told Hunington, “Please have some more”, and I poured beer to his glass like a GEISHA GIRL… OMG… too many bubbles… I spilled beer on the table…Oops!

Hunington said to me, “There are a lot of sugar than regular beer, so that’s why many bubbles”.

Suzy’s twin son’s friend said to me, “You can’t be a cocktail waitress! ”

Ha ha ha…I can be a geisha girl, but I can’t be a cocktail waitress for sure :)

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When I left the house, Suzy and Hunington were so sweet, they made me two lunch boxes (one dinner box & one dessert box).

Yes, I will enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner menu tomorrow again :)

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Moreover… I can’t believe it…I made a mistake when I entered the freeway… When I saw the 101S sign… I suddenly turned right…It was too fast at this time…I entered the shopping center…the freeway was next door…Ok… I really need iPhone or someone in my car (or the Navigator)…

Even though, I missed the entrance of the freeway, I came home within 30 minutes…

It was perfect Thanksgiving dinner.

I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving dinner too.

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By the way…

Yesterday (the 22nd in Japan) & Today (the 22nd in U.S.), I decorated my late  father’s photo, yellow daisy flowers, many candles, incense, water, some Japanese persimmons and some chocolates (my father’s favorite) on the table as a memorial service for my late father’s memorial day.

He is watching me and smiles on me…I feel him sometimes… I am very appreciating that I could feel his love.

I am always happy, because I always feel love around me. I hope you feel the same way.

Around this time, holiday music is everywhere… I really feel love from it too.

Happy Holidays to you :)

 
By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 22, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Sunday, November 18, 2012

#195- Time of gratitude

How often do you remember to express your gratitude to yourself?

Once in a while, I read my note and remind myself to feel gratitude & my soul.

I would like to share my list of my gratitude with you.

 
#1-I have a life.

#2-I can feel love.

#3-I have a great family (my mother and my brother).

#4-I have a lot of great memories of my late father.

#5-I have nice relatives, so I don’t need to worry about my mother and my brother in Japan.

#6-I have many great friends.

#7-I have a nice place to live.

#8-I can eat a lot of delicious food.

#9-I have a great career and job.

#10-I have a great business sense and I can do many things.

#11-I am very healthy.

#12-I have enough money to live.

#13-I have a talent of writing.

#14-I have a heart of gold (Do you remember? This year & next year FENG SHUI LUCKY COLOR is gold!).

#15-I have a bright personality.

#16-I am a quick thinker and funny (I hope people think this way too :) ).

#17-I can speak Japanese and English.

#18-I have a space (mind & place) to decorate flowers in my home.

#19-I have a car and enough clothing, furniture, books, computer, TV, CD, DVD…things for my daily life.

#20-I have enough money in Japan as well.

#21-I have a reliable house with my mother & my brother in Japan.

#22-I have a free fitness center at my apartment (Oops, lately I haven’t been there…but my weight is 83lbs and I am in good shape :) ).

#23-I feel beautiful.


How about you? How do you feel gratitude for things?

Happy Thanksgiving!  Love, Yoko

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 18, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, November 15, 2012

#194- Who are you? Who am I?

I shouldn’t open my door, but I don’t know why I opened it…

A stranger knocked on my front door at my Hollywood Apartment.

He told me, “You left me.”

Me: What? Who are you?

He: Who am I? You don’t remember me?

Me: No. You’ve got a wrong number… I mean you’ve got a wrong apartment.

He: Here is my name (he showed me his business card).

Me: I am so sorry, I really don’t know you. You’ve got a wrong person.

He: We were 8 years old, and you suddenly left me.

Me: OMG…

He: You were mad at me, and you left me.

Me: Ah aha ha… sounds like me…no…I mean…please don’t take it personally, when I was in elementary school, I moved 6 times due to my father’s business. So, I guess, I just had to leave the school right away. How did you find me???

He: Facebook.

(In my mind, I was thinking… how I can close my door as soon as possible…)

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This is my dream from last night. I woke up around 1:00am… so I wrote about this dream in my dream note book.

Now I remember… I saw a dream a couple of days ago (I didn’t write it down to my dream note book, because it wasn’t a story, just a piece of images)… After the graduation ceremony of a school, I had to say good-bye to someone at school, and I was looking for him, but I couldn’t find him. I thought I was on the 3rd floor… but it was the 4th floor (it was a hospital floor… it seems like, I was in “Grey’s Anatomy”).

Is this a nightmare or a good dream? I can’t figure it out…good or bad…

It seems like… I am watching a series of dreams… I can’t wait for tonight to see other dream…!

I guess… I watched too much “666 Park Avenue”…

Or…I already miss “Gossip Girl” (this season is the last one)… “Who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl”…

To be continued… I know you love me. XOXO, Yoko :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 15, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Monday, November 5, 2012

#193- Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. is here!

The other day, my article for Senken-Shimbun (The major fashion trade newspaper in Japan. Similar to WWD and California Apparel News) regarding Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week came out, so now I can write about it in my blog.

Three words for it… “Words for everything”.

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#1: Creative words always make people happy

David Long is a very creative & fun guy. He is my favorite T-shirts guy :)

 
Happily Ever After is so Once Upon A Time

Fuck Luck

What the Fuck Have You Done   Love is a drug

You’re in my inappropriate Thoughts

Lack of Passion is Fatal

I only chase drinks and dreams

Likers gonna like

 
These words from David are for T-shirts & hoodies of “LoveLAnd”. He has other brands, such as “The RED The WHITE The BLUE”, “Oil of LA” and “Washmill”.

David is a former fashion director for DNR (Men’s fashion newspaper). It makes sense that he is genius for words.

I am still wearing the T-shirts, “LOVE IS IN FASHION” by David (by Dirtee Hollywood). This pink T-shirts is always front row in my closet. And I am sure that the “LoveLAnd” will be my next T-shirts collection :)

If you want to know more fun & funny words from David, ask Kimberly (she is the PR person, see below).

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#2: Sweet words always make people happy

“You are so our angel!!! ”

My friend, Kimberly Goodnight always says to me.

She is the one who is my angel. She always gives me (helps me) great information for my article and introduce me to many nice fashion designers in L.A.

During this time, we went to many showrooms, and she gave me some scoops.

Want to know more scoops from her? Visit at her website at www.pureconsultinginfo.com.

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#3: Positive words always make people happy

My favorite bag designer is Beth Goodman of “Marie Turnor”.

It makes sense that Jil Sander copied her bag (one of her bags)… Beth is a really unique & creative designer.

She is working from her home during this economy tough time, she told me that “Nothing to lose. Start small for recession.” She is a very smart woman as well.

You want to see her bags?  Visit at her website at www.marieturnor.com.

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I always send a copy of newspaper/magazine and translate my article into English from Japanese (most of my articles are in Japanese) for people who I interviewed with, because I want to appreciate their time and information for interview. I hope they can use my article as a PR material as well (I hope I can help their business).

Most of the time, I call them to translate my article over the phone (I read my article in English to them) after send copies out.

At this time, I translated my article into English from Japanese here in my blog, so you can enjoy it too (I hope I can help your business or shopping).

By the way, my translation is very rough, so if you have good English, please edit my translation by yourself  :)

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Senken-Shimbun

On November 1, 2012 (in Japan)

 
Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week

Fresh denims debut

Accessories & small goods are doing well

 
By Yoko Fujimoto, writer in Los Angeles

 
Spring/Summer 2013 L.A. Fashion Market Week held in Los Angeles Fashion District in Los Angeles, U.S.A. during mid October for four days. At this time, there were five trade shows, at the California Market Center (CMC), SELECT, FOCUS and TRANSIT, at the New Mart, Designers and Agents (D&A) , and at the Cooper Design Space, COEUR. Many buyers are still buying accessories and small goods.

Accessories & small goods trade show, COEUR increases 15% sales every show. Mr.Henri Myers, the co-owner of COEUR explained, “Important stores such as Fred Segal, Ron Herman, Barneys, Isetan, Ships and Beams came to our show. Buyers are looking for products which easy and quick to make profit, so candles and gifts are good too.”

First time exhibitor, “Pura Vida” ’s waxed polyester cord bracelets are $5 (retail price), reasonable price works for buyers, and “fun of colorful and spiritual is the reason for popular for buyers as well.” Inspired by origami, envelopes, paper bags, made in L.A. purse and bags “Marie Turnor” said, “Our signature paper bag style bag copied by the major brand, but I am trying to be positive, and I am listening customer’s voice, that’s why I made larger size bags. I am trying to expand customer’s number. Waxed canvas fabric bag is fresh.”

The vice president of CMC which manages SELECT, Ms. Joanne Lee pointed out, “Accessories and small goods are strong products for recession, and buyers are looking for these products.” “Deepa Gurnani” at this trade show said, “Our annual sales increase 20~30% every year in last 5 years. Kitson, Fred Segal, Neiman Marcus, and some Japanese major stores such as Isetan, Takashimaya, United Arrows, especially Japanese buyers are buying many headbands. Consumers are not buying clothing, and they are trying to make fashionable with accessories, that’s why we are doing well.”

At the D&A, the co-owner Ms. Barbara Kramer said, “Finally, buyers, especially Japanese buyers who want to shop fresh products came back.” The co-owner, Mr.Ed Mandelbaum emphasized, “We are trying to keep as a best trade show, not as a large trade show. We are getting more selective for our exhibitor brands. ” At this trade show, the fresh denims stand out. Made in L.A., Spring 2013 debut denim, “LOREM” is using PU tapes, unique zippers, pokets with vintage style denim and western denim. “3X1” has a color blocking with super stretch color denim. The dip dye product which has beautiful color by “Fluxus” is also fresh.

“LoveLAnd” has also many dip dye products. This brand focuses on made in L.A., and L.A. pop culture concept messages printed on their T-shirts and hoodies. “The RED The WHITE The BLUE” and “Oil of LA” also focus on made in L.A., the owner and designer, Mr. David Long explained, “Make good quality products in U.S.A., this concept is good for many buyers.”

“Belle N. Matisse” also focuses on made in L.A. They appealed, “We use studs-press for collar, and we use many silk and leather. Our collection’s concept is wearing long time without trendy design.”

Ms. Yukiko Kawabata, the president of “Beagle House NY”  which sells Japanese hats and scarfs, exhibited at the SELECT, she revealed, “Even though, accessories & small goods are doing well and our sales are increasing, our sales decline 40% every year in last couple of years, because of the high exchange rate of the yen. It’s very difficult to sell Japanese brands in U.S. at this time.”

Next L.A. Fashion Market Week will start January 14th for four days.

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By the way, I have another scoop for you!

2013 lucky feng shui colors are Orange, Blue and Gold.

French marigold flowers are in my home this week. I feel like, I have already lucky 2013 orange power :)

Anyway, have a great week to you!!!

Love,
Yoko

  

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 5, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto

Thursday, November 1, 2012

#192- Thinking of Japan…

Always…Around this time, I am thinking of Japan a lot, because my late father’s memorial day is on November 22…, and I am usually busy preparing for my winter vacation in Japan (I spend one month vacation, Christmas and New Year in Japan every year).

But, I am not going to have a vacation in Japan this year… But + Anyway, I am still thinking of Japan a lot...

For us (Japanese people), the season of fall is a special time for food, books and sports. We enjoy “Eat Play Read” in fall. Sounds like Thanksgiving in U.S. right?

October 27 through November 9 is the “Reading Week”, and November 3 is the “Day of Culture / Culture Day” in Japan.

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And I found out about that…from this year 2012, Japanese government established November 1 as the “Day of the Classics / Classic Day (Koten No Hi)”, an anniversary to the “classics”, a wide range of arts, such as literature, music, fine art, performance art, and philosophy.

While it is not a public holiday, various forums and symposiums were held for this day in Tokyo and Kyoto.

As you may know, Kyoto is formerly the imperial capital of Japan (Kyoto is an ancient city with a 1200 year history. It was established as Japan’s capital under the name “Heian-kyo” in the year 794), and the famous Japanese classic novel “The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)” was born in Kyoto.

In an entry for November 1, 1008 in “The Diary of Lady Murasaki (Murasaki Shikibu Nikki)”, written by the author (Murasaki Shikibu) of the classic “The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari)”, there is a reference to the literary tome. It is the oldest date on which a reference to what is sometimes considered one of the world’s first and greatest novels appears.

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When I read some books of classic Japanese literature, I feel and smell beautiful Japan. The beauty of four seasons in Japan, sensitiveness of Japanese people, smell of the air in Japan… It’s nice to feel my country sometimes…

I heard that the classic essay “An Account of My Hut / The Ten Foot Square (Hōjōki) / by Kamo no Chōmei. Written in 1212, it describes disasters that befall the people of Kyoto from earthquakes to famine and fire” has been widely re-read for Japanese people since March 11, 2011 (Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster).

The opening sentence of “Hōjōki” is famous in Japanese literature as an expression of impermanence (mujō).

“The current of the flowing river does not cease, and yet the water is not the same water as before. The foam that floats on stagnant pools, now vanishing, now forming, never stays the same for long. So, too, it is with the people and dwellings of the world.”

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Do you feel like to read a good book? Why don’t you try some Japanese literature?

Oops… I hope my editors are not reading my blog right now… I have many deadlines by next week… between the deadline and the deadline…And…I am not feeling well today (Sorry, A, I couldn’t take your phone call today, I am really not feeling well and I have many projects)…But… I felt like… I wanted to write this blog/post…I guess, I am a real writer…ha ha ha!

xoxo
Yoko


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles Nov 1, 2012
Copyright © 2012 Yoko Fujimoto